Mariah Carey dumps her cheating boyfriend via answering machine in the mellow "Shake It Off."
Flippant, short beats accompany Carey as she "ooh, oohs" and producer Jermaine Dupri tells everyone "to just bounce."
The intro leads to the chorus. She sings that she has to forget him. He manipulates her and toys with her emotions. She likens her leaving to the 1980s Calgon commercial with a woman in a bathtub. The woman would breathlessly say "Calgon, take me away." The picture would then fade to the woman's happy place, which would be a meadow full of blooming flowers and green grass. He's been taking her for granted. Meanwhile, she's been planning ways of moving out their apartment without him knowing. For her, being alone for awhile is better than losing her self-respect:
"I gotta shake you off/ 'Cause the loving ain't the same/ And you keep on playing games/ Like you know I'm here to stay/ I gotta shake you off/ Just like the Calgon commercial/ I really gotta get up outta here/ And go somewhere/ I gotta shake you off/ Gotta make that move/ Find somebody who/ Appreciates all the love I give/ Boy I gotta shake you off/
Gotta do what's best for me/ Baby and that means I gotta/ Shake you off."
In the first verse, she calls him on the answering machine. She tells him not to try to sweet talk her into getting back together. Her bags are packed. She had a long conversation with his mother about his behavior towards her. She warns him that he will regret treating her like a doormat. In the beginning of the relationship, she didn't see the signs that he was sleeping with every scantily clad woman he saw. But once his explanations for his absences become more elaborate and unbelievable, she realized something was up. She did the only thing a woman scorned could do: steal his car, fill it with her overrated luxurious handbags and laugh at what a loser he is. "By the time you get this message/ It's gonna be too late/ So don't bother paging me/ 'Cause I'll be on my way/ See I grabbed all my diamonds and clothes/ Just ask your momma she knows/ You're gonna miss me baby/ Hate to say "I told you so"/ Well at first I didn't know/ But now it's clear to me/ You would cheat with all your freaks/ And lie compulsively/ So I packed up my Louis Vuitton / Jumped in your ride and took off/ You'll never ever find a girl/ Who loves you more than me."